Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality offers relief to fire victims

OCTOBER 9, 2015

This week, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, led by Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, visited the Tshawuke and Sixakwe families, residing at 258 Dr J Moroka Road, Khayamnandi, Despatch, to offer support and relief to these families after they lost everything in a fire that took place at the property on Sunday. Altogether, 11 family members were left homeless and destitute.  

"One affected resident,  Nini Skretch, shared that she had an argument with her boyfriend at a local tavern, after which he left the tavern and allegedly burnt down the five-room backyard dwelling in which she resided. The neighbour’s house was also affected by the fire, with bedrooms suffering smoke and fire damage," the Municipality's communications office said.

The Executive Mayor led a team of government officials from the sector Departments of Health and Social Development, the South African Social Security Agency and the Home Affairs Department on a visit to the distressed family, offering support in the form of clothing, shoes, food parcels and blankets.

"The Community Chest was also present to hand over donations of groceries, clothing and blankets. Further support services included comprehensive health care and counselling to those affected by the fire and the provision of Identity Documents and Birth Certificates to those who lost these in the fire."

As part of the Executive Mayor’s intervention, the NMBM Department of Human Settlements has prioritised the building of a temporary structure for the family, after the rubble has been cleared up by Waste Management. Furthermore, the NMBM Electricity & Energy Directorate will ensure the connection of a power supply to the new structure.

“I was very happy to see the level of coordination in the Metro. All the relevant departments were here, including Home Affairs and Disaster Management. I think officials did a wonderful job to coordinate across departments.

"Here, each one carries its own unique responsibility. If we respond to people in this way, they will find comfort in the fact that the Municipality is taking care and showing concern.

"I must thank the various departments in the Metro for their swift response. The key outstanding matter right now is to get the temporary house to bring comfort to the family and settle them,” said Mayor Jordaan.